Why Are You Leading?--A Blueprint


People truly do hunger and thirst for Truth. If you feed your people, they will naturally grow into leaders themselves. That is what leaders do—they reproduce. To effectively reproduce, your message must not only be preached, but lived. Anything short of that smells of hypocrisy. And believe me hypocrisy can be smelled a mile away.

You must train your people in all areas. Your job is to present the whole counsel of God, not just part. One of the key areas of teaching is that of Christian character. The only way you can lead your people into a life of Christian Character is by you first being there.

First rule of leadership—you cannot lead someone where you have not been. If you are lacking Christian character forget about leading anyone else to Christian character. Before you open your mouth you need a life that backs your words.

What areas of life should we consider? Let us consider Philippians 4:8—“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Truth is a vital part of Christian character. Spiritual leaders cannot be given to lies and deceit. God’s leaders must be known as men and women of truth. Trust is so easy to lose, but so very difficult to regain. Concentrate on going the extra mile to be truthful in your dealings with church people, business acquaintances, neighbors, everybody. If you are to lead properly there must be no question as to your truthfulness. People desire to be led in truth, not falsities.

Lead your people honestly. Do not try to cheat or abuse your position by being dishonest. Lay everything out on the table and be transparent. Dishonesty, like lies will ruin your leadership potential as well as your ministry. Seek in all your dealings to be honest and forthright.

Treat your people justly or fairly. Favorites tend to tarnish the badge of leadership. Not all your people will be treated the same way because they are not the same, but each must still be treated in a way that is fair, and in a way that shows no favoritism. There will be people to whom you will feel closer. Jesus had His inner circle of Peter, James, and John, but do not think for a minute He loved them more than Matthew or Thomas. Favorites tend to create jealousy and that is not where you want to lead your people.

Lead your flock into purity. Teach them the way to and the blessings of purity. We are filthy creatures by nature, and have no natural desire for purity. Once it is learned no Christian in a right relationship with Jesus would ever want anything else but purity. Teach purity of mind, thoughts and attitudes. Teach purity of actions. Teach purity of speech. This is an area sadly lacking in many Christians today.

Teach your people to look for the lovely. The love chapter, I Corinthians 13 in verse 7 says this, “Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” In other words think the best of people. Give them the benefit of the doubt. Do not dwell on areas of sin, but dwell on the beauty of Christ and His healing power.

Give the good report. Do not look to downgrade or belittle anybody, but encourage them by noticing the good in them. The old saying, “If you can’t say something good about someone, don’t say anything at all”, still holds true.

Look to the virtue of a person. Dwell on their excellence, their valor, as the word means. Concentrate on praise. Praise will do more to grow Christian Character more than negative comments ever will. We live in a negative society, but as we focus on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good reports, virtue and praise, you will see your people grow. Do not forget that through all of this you are leading. You are leading your people to follow the God of Heaven in Christian character.

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The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

Such a lovely direction for anyone seeking to do any type of ministry ~ well put and helpful to anyone seeking to be a servant

Blessings:)


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TSOM,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment! It's nice to hear from you.


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Rina Pinto 4 years ago from Dubai - UAE

I am Blessed dear brother.. and thank God for the message of a good character teachings. I am really really Blessed. Jesus be exalted in this message. Thank you Jesus for this Wonderful message through this Blessed saint of yours!


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Rina,

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments. Truly may Jesus Christ be exalted.


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Caries Mission 4 years ago from Greenville, South Carolina

My husband and I are just starting out on our ministry journey and your hubs are very helpful. Thank you.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

C M,

That's great to hear of your new ministry. What are you and your husband going to be doing? Thanks for stopping by!


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Caries Mission 4 years ago from Greenville, South Carolina

We are working with the inner city youth. Not only will we be working with them, but we are in the process of buying a house and living within the community to get a better understanding of where these children are coming from. We plan on doing this for the next 8 years and then moving to South Africa to minister to their inner city youth. It has been a life long dream of ours to help children understand that they are never alone and that God always loves them.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

C M,

That sounds wonderful! I ministered in South Philadelphia in the inner city. It's a wonderful experience. Follow Christ through the whole thing and He'll teach you much. Keep on pluggin' away.


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Lifegate... awesome wisdom and easy to see you are a leader and mentor for many... excellent writer and they all add up to a dear friend who I have come to respect so very much... well done as always..

Blessings from Canada


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Rolly,

Thank you for the kind words - not sure I deserve it, but I do appreciate it. Glad you wee able to catch this one. I've not had a lot of time to write lately, but hopefully one day soon, I'll get the chance again. Thanks for the visit!

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